Jessica Hopper has been writing about music for two decades, gathering an international following for her fearless and adroit critical talents – delivered through a vast catalogue of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews and oral histories.
She’s deconstructed Lana Del Rey for Spin, interviewed Björk and, in a longform piece for Buzzfeed, argued that selling out saved indie rock. Last year, she left her position as Rookie’s music editor to become a senior editor at Pitchfork, the Chicago-based website that’s been divining the musical zeitgeist since before it was cool.
Hopper’s newly published anthology, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, bears a title which she explains is ‘about planting a flag’ for women (and particularly young female writers) in the male-dominated world of music journalism.
In conversation with Myf Warhurst, Jessica will talk about the trends and trajectories of music journalism and share the backstory to her own revolutionary work.
This event is presented in partnership with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
Online bookings have closed, but tickets are available from the ACMI Box Office before the event.
Jessica Hopper is a music and culture critic based in Chicago, USA, whose work regularly appears in GQ, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and The Chicago Tribune. She is the author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic and The Girls Guide to Rocking, which was named one of 2009’s Notable Books for Young Readers by the American Library Association.
After acting as Rookie’s Music editor she became a senior editor at Pitchfork, the Chicago-based website that’s been divining the musical zeitgeist since before it was cool, and was also recently named editor in chief of The Pitchfork Review, the website’s quarterly print publication.
Myf Warhurst be heard across the country on ABC Radio from 12.30pm-2pm weekdays. She presents Bang On with co-host Zan Rowe – a podcast where they chat about the biggest issues in art, music and pop culture, available for download via the ABC Radio app or iTunes.
In 2017, Myf hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for SBS in Kyiv, Ukraine alongside Joel Creasey. In 2018, the pair returned to host the contest in Lisbon, Portugal and the SBS’s coverage of the Royal Wedding.